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President Mamnoon Hussain says use of modern technology in the CPEC related energy projects will play a key role in the country`s long-term growth and stability. He was talking to Chinese Minister for Science and Technology Wan Gang who called on him in Islamabad on Saturday. The President said scientific knowledge and technology can bring value addition to CPEC projects and Pakistan is keen to incorporate this knowledge in industry for value addition of local raw materials and finished products. He said Pakistan will continue to focus on enhancing trade relations with China to bring them at par with bilateral political and strategic relations. He said bilateral cooperation in the field of Science and Technology will help Pakistan benefit from China’s expertise in the field. Mamnoon Hussain said the ambitious China-South Asian Countries Science and Technology Partnership Programme (CSA-STEP) will enhance our economic cooperation through Technology Transfer. He noted with satisfaction that 17 protocols have been concluded so far in accordance with the Framework Agreement on Science and Technology signed between the two countries in 1976 and the 18th Protocol is being signed during this visit.

Topic 02: Govt committed to provide standardized digital & skill training to youth: Anusha

Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman says the government is committed to provide standardized digital and skill training to the Youth. Addressing a meeting in Islamabad, she said new technology centres are being established in all the provinces to help the youth do business on modern lines. The Minister of State said the digital expertise of youth will help them in attaining honourable employment in international freelancing market.

Topic 03: OFID to loan $50m for FATA's development

International Development Fund of Oil Producing and Exporting Countries have agreed to provide soft loan of fifty million dollars for development of FATA. The amount will be utilized for Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Programme launched by the federal government in tribal areas. Under the programme, educational, health, irrigation, water supply and sanitation facilities are being enhanced in the tribal belt. The sources said more than two million people of the tribal areas will benefit from the programme. 

Participants:

Host: Imrana Naheed (Kashmir Update)

Co-host: Mushtaq Wani 

Syed Shehryar Ahmad (Business Update)

Co-host: Zubair Munawar


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